University of Southern Indiana men's basketball players Brandon Hogg (Edwardsville, Illinois) and Ben Jones (Robinson, Illinois) were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court for academic excellence during the 2011-12 season. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts these players possess off the court and the hard work exhibited in the classroom.
In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The student athlete must be a junior or senior academically and a varsity player; have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year; have matriculated at least one year at their current institution; and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA institution.
Hogg, a senior guard and a physical education major, earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Division II Bulletin after averaging a team-high and career-best 16.5 points per game. He also was named NABC first-team All-District and Daktronics second-team All-Region, while being selected for the first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference squad.
Jones, a junior guard and sport management major, averaged 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest off the bench during his first year at USI. Jones scored a season-high 11 points twice in 2011-12, while dishing out a season-best four assists against Berea College and grabbing season-high six rebounds versus Saint Joseph's College.